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The First Ingot by zulumike The First Ingot by zulumike
This painting depicts the management team of Inland Steel viewing the first ingot being rolled at the new 40-inch rolling, March 24, 1917. The ingot will be rolled and shaped into a selected rough size; such as a slab, bloom or billet.

Depending on the product to be made such as plate steel, I-Beams, steel rods, rails, etc. , the next step is to the finishing rolls for final product. The hot steam environment is due to water being sprayed on the ingot to remove "mill scale" and also to keep the rollers cool so as not to warp the rollers and maintain the integrity of steel as it goes through many changes of steel processing. Feel the Heat, Smells and Noise?

The guy in the lower right-hand corner is the at the controls of "manipulators" as he flips the ingot into shape, he is the master of steel making and top pay. The shop foreman is probally at the bottom left corner because he is wearing a fedora hat.

Inland Steel (Ryerson) provided much of our steel plate used to build and fabricate Caterpillar products during my career at CAT. This painting is dedicated to the steelworkers of America past and present.

The Inland Steel Company was a U.S. steel company active in 1893-1998. Its history as an independent firm thus spanned much of the 20th century. It was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois at the landmark Inland Steel Building.
Inland Steel was an integrated steel company that reduced iron ore to steel. Its sole steel mill was located in East Chicago, Indiana, on the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal and a large landfill protruding out into Lake Michigan. The steel mill's shoreline location enabled it to take in steelmaking commodities, such as iron ore, coal, and limestone, by lake freighter. Throughout much of its life, Inland Steel operated its own fleet of bulk carrier vessels. At one time Inland was the 6th largest steel producer in the USA.

This has been an on going off/on three month project of about (24) hrs., taking an old B/W photo and turning the composition into a dynamic painting. I used several new techniques and brushes to try to bring it to a life of a hot, steamy, industrial steel environment; as I remember from visiting steel mills from my past employment. Also, there are a lot of reasons why factories are painted with certain selected colors. For example, the piping is color coded to represent various gases and liquids; red oxide paint can withstand heat, light biege, blues, yellow, greens and blues for secondary machinery stand out in sunlight from skylight windows.

The glow of the ingot was the biggest challenge, hope you like it. Thanks for looking and Cheers.

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GrahamTG Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work Mike, very nicely done.
Heat and glow are always tricky to do, have you discovered Color modes when painting ? For example a brush set to Color dodge mode will help had bright colored hot spots and glow.
jncarter Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive Mike
zulumike Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You John, I appreciate it. Cheers, Mike
SoulcolorsArt Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, great colors, great story too.
zulumike Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I always want to tell a story with my art, That is why I always admired the old illustrator of the pas, when there was no photos to enhance the story.
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